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Apples and Oranges? Online "Deals" May Not Be So Great

Apples and Oranges Gear buyers love a good deal, and I love  good deal more than most.  In today's gear marketplace, deciding what constitutes a good deal has a lot more variables in the mix than simply "Who has the lowest price?".

Thirty years ago, getting the best deal was pretty easy to define. You went to your local music store (or, if you were lucky, stores), looked at the same item in each store, and bought from whichever store had the lowest price.  That was pretty easy.  Today, that method still works about the same for small items, such as guitar strings, polish, and straps. The biggest difference in those products is that the local store now competes for your money against online stores.  The two things that local stores have to offer that the online stores cannot offer is personal experience and immediacy.  Your local store may be a dollar or two higher on an accessory, but if you've frequented the local store, the staff knows you, they are able to make suggestions and recommendations based on your history, and you can have the item you need right now.  That service and immediacy has value.

Private Violin Lessons

Mario Williams, InstructorPrivate string lessons are now available at Backstage Music.  We have a limited number of slots available with accomplished string educator Mario Williams.

It's exciting to have a strings instructor of Mr. Williams' professional stature and ability on staff.  He can teach any age, and any level of ability from beginner to advanced.

He's also able to teach multiple styles, from classical to bluegrass.

Whether you're interested in getting started with an orchestral string instrument, reigniting an old passion for music, or polishing your technique, Mr. Williams can get you where you want to be.

Give Backstage Music a call at 662-323-3824 to reserve one of these time slots.

New Takamine GN51CE-BSB

Takamine GN51CE-BSB, Backstage MusicTakamine is shipping again, and new Takamines are arriving at Backstage Music!  (Can you tell we're excited???)

Here's one of the first to arrive, a NEX body (narrow waist, sunburst, gorgeous) with a cutaway, built-ion tuner, abalone around the soundhole, agate style tuners, triple binding on the body and neck, just beautiful. With a lifetime warranty, this guitar is only $429.99, which we think is a real steal.

At this price, this guitar comes with Backstage's VIP program, which means the lucky new owner of this guitar gets free maintenance for life.  Free, as in free. Seasonal neck adjustments, string changes (just buy the strings from us), cleaning and polishing, all that will be done here, for you, free of charge, as long as you own the guitar.

These are not "stock" photos, these are photos of the actual GN51CE-BSB that we have in stock right now.

Click any photo to see the full size image.

If you're wondering what the GN51CE-BSB model number means, here's the breakdown:

G is for "G" series guitar.  That's just a designation Takamine has used for years, it indicates this is a cost-effective way of getting a great guitar.

N means it is a NEX body.  A NEX body is an exclusive Takamine designation.  NEX means this guitar has a narrow waist, and it's very comfortable to hold for extended periods of time.  This is important for players who have smaller frames.

51 is the mid-line of the G series.  The series numbers start at 10, and go up to 90.

C means cutaway (the dip on the upper bout), which makes it easy to reach higher frets.

E means electric, so it has a pickup system and a tuner built-in.

BSB stands for brown sunburst, the color finish on the top.

Enjoy some of these other photos, and give us a call if you'd like to own this guitar.  662-323-3824, 10-6, every day except Sunday.

Band Instrument Rentals Made Easy


Great Instruments, Even Better Prices

Before you rent an instrument, give us a call and check our rental plan on instruments like the Yamaha trumpet shown here. If you don't, you could easily be throwing away lots of money.

Call us at 662-323-3824.  We stock major name brands such as Conn, Yamaha, Selmer, Gemeinhardt, Jupiter, and other brands you'll recognize.  Call us or come see us, or rent online.  We're here to make your budget happier, and your child's band experience better.

If you live in Eupora, Louisville, Columbus, Aberdeen, West Point, or anywhere outside Starkville, we'll just ship your instrument to you at no extra charge.  We make it easy.

No pressure.  No big decisions.  Rent easily, then decide later if you'd like to buy. (All rent applies if you decide to buy later.)


Easy Way #1: Come by Backstage Music, and rent most instruments for $25.68/month.

You can drop by our store to rent an instrument, it takes about ten minutes.  We are at 115 Highway 12 West in Starkvile, right across from Ruby Tuesday. Watch for the big yellow awning.

You can get driving directions here by clicking this sentence.

Easy Way #2: Go to RentFromHome.Com, use code tr54e.

We'll ship your instrument to your home. Free shipping!

You can call us for more information.  We're at 662-323-3824, we'll be glad to help.

Why Rent From Backstage Music ?

We make band affordable

No deposit

No long-term contract

Lowest rental prices anywhere

Your second month is free

We're local

Loaners available

Alvarez AD30 Acoustic Dreadnought

Drew Dieckmann does a demo with an Alvarez AD30 acoustic guitar.  Bone nut and bone saddle, coupled with a solid spruce top and a lacquer finish make for one good sounding guitar, and all for $229.99.

We don't know how Alvarez does it, we're just glad they do.


Aquila Red Low G Uke Strings Explained


90,000+ Sheet Music Titles Available

Sheet Music at Backstage MusicThe boys at Backstage are pretty excited about this. We now have over 90,000 titles of sheet music available for our customers.  We can provide the most current music, as well as some of the most obscure, right here in the store.  No ordering, no waiting, no shipping, just printed sheet music, right now, right here.

To make it even better, you can request your sheet music in any key, and ask it be written for almost any instrument (i.e., voice, piano, guitar, violin, cello, etc.), and we can do that for you on the spot.

If you're not sure what key you need it in, that's no problem.  We can play a clip of the music for you as it's written, and if you'd like the music transposed up or down, just ask, and we can play the transposed music for you.  When it's in a key that's comfortable for you, your new sheet music will be ready to take home.

The next time you need that special song for a wedding, a recital, or a church event, let the boys at Backstage Music make it simple for you. Drop by any time, 10:00 until 6:00, any day (except Sunday), and we'll be glad to help out.


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